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Aug 20, 2009 12:00am EDT
reform in america. but the kind of comprehensive health care reform is what really is going to be the most important item. i hope that it is a bipartisan one that i think can be passed and energetically and have a great deal of support in the country. >> larry: elizabeth, can that happen without the government being involved in kind of a quasi insurance company of its own? >> can we get -- pass health care reform? we can pass health care reform without having -- what is commonly referred to as a public option. which means that to compete with your private insurers, united health care, cigna, blue cross/blue shield, you would have the federal government offering you the opening of insuring yourself through the government plan. i think it would be a huge mistake to pass anything -- any kind of reform without -- without that public option for a lot of reasons. one is that one of the things we want to do is make certain that we are striving to 46 million americans uninsured 25 million underinsured, a way of getting reliable transparent and cost-effective accessible -- cost accessible insu
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 1:00am EDT
. >> with her mother holding a bible, sonia sotomayor was sworn in this morning as america's 111th supreme court justice. chief justice john roberts administered the judicial oath during a public ceremony in the high court's conference room. it was the first time the court allowed tv coverage of a swearing-in ceremony. in spanish harlem, there was an enthusiastic viewing party. sotomayor is the first hispanic supreme court justice in u.s. history, and she's only the third woman to serve on the nation's high court, which is set to hear arguments in september, on september 9th in a campaign finance case. and coming in october, cnn will present "latino in america," a look at how hispanics are reshaping politics, business, schools and culture. in october only on cnn. >>> and there's been an alarming spike in iranian executions. the cause is unclear but it seems to have coincided with the re-election of disputed president ahmadinejad. president mahmoud ahmadinejad. amnesty international said there have been no less than 115 executions in iran in the past 50 days. now, it says, 24 of them occurr
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 1:00am EDT
news starts right now. good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. >>> we begin with america's ferocious debate over health care reform growing more unhealthy by the day. across the country we're witnessing town hall meetings on health care devolving into shouting matches worthy of a jerry springer episode with people lashing out over who ultimately pays the bill for millions of medically uninsured americans. >> the event remained largely civil. huge crowds overwhelmed the meeting hall with hundreds more gathering outside. >> we're very, very scared. >> when the republicans controlled congress and the senate, why didn't you introduce and pass health care reform? >> my biggest fear is this is going to get rammed down our throats. >> this is a mob. do we look like a mob? >> this doesn't look like mob this looks like home. >> some estimated that as many as another 800 couldn't get in and were locked outside. >> won't even let us in. they blocked us out. >> my son has the right to live. >> no doubt about it. >> my son has the right to health care. >> you don't really think you're going to ge
CNN
Aug 5, 2009 10:00pm EDT
a country america does not have a diplomatic relationship with, iran. does this pump up one dictator and embolden others? we're joined now by pedavid gern and peter brooks. david, i want to start with you. it's almost impossible to ignore the message that it's sends to north korea and others that may be on shaky ground with the u.s. the next time they have u.s. citizens in their custody they can use them as bargaining chips to talk with high-level people, rewarding bad behavior. how do they keep that from happening? >> erica, i think this has a more important message to the world, and that is that america is a country that cares about its own, it will go to great lengths, a former president will fly around the world to bring back two innocent brave americans to reunite them with their families and that individuals matter in this country. and this situation, we didn't give anything away. it's not as if there was a bargain or a negotiation. rather, we had a brutal regime that captured these two young women. after 4 1/2 harrowing months for them, essentially said we're willing
CNN
Aug 25, 2009 3:00pm EDT
in america. don't get me wrong. we have to fix the pre-existing condition situation and we don't shout at my town hall meetings. i agree with you. we have to address the issue of people with pre-existing conditions, people who are unable to attain health care insurance and we should do it through risk pools and it is going to cost money. go ahead. >> and the other thing is, mayo clinic that you talked about having good practices is one of the ones that president obama has cited as being the type of medical facility that we should pattern our health care reform on. >> they just don't agree with his proposals. go ahead. >> they suggest some of the same things that the mayo clinic is doing and i have some experience with the mayo clinic. my husband, who was on medicare, chose to stay on regular medicare. so he had the choice of going to mayo. i chose an hmo with medicare. i am wondering, when we have that choice with our government-provided medicare, why are so many people opposed to a government-provided health care option? i believe you, senator kennedy. i just promoted you. >> bo
CNN
Aug 6, 2009 1:00am EDT
payments. a lot of customers are proud and happy that bank of america actually has a solution to help them out with their cards. i listen. that's the first thing i do is listen. you know what, what happened? what put you in this situation? and everyone's situation is different. we always want to make sure that we're doing what's best for our cardholders. i'll go through some of his monthly expenses, if he has a mortgage payment, if he pays rent. and then i'll use all that information to try and see what kind of a payment he financially can handle. i want to help you. bank of america wants to help you through this difficult time. when they come to you and they say thank you, aj, for helping me with this problem, that's where we get our joy from. that's what motivates us everyday. >>> the safe return of journalists euna lee and laura ling, former vice president gore this morning said laura's mother had some soup waiting for her. like any family meal, it's the family part that counts the most. for laura, it's her mother, father, husband, and sister, fellow journalist, lisa ling. >> proud
CNN
Aug 19, 2009 1:00am EDT
america, no blue america, no republican, no democrat, there's one america. tonight, if what we're hearing is correct, if he does say we're going to cling to the public plan, government-run plan, no matter what he's saying, blue america wins. i'm the president of that america. this government-run plan doesn't have the support in the middle. he's losing democrat support in the senate and thinking of trying to jam this through quickly with 50 votes. >> roy, do you think this is really something they would go ahead with? do you think they're trying to float this idea to put pressure on people to come to an agreement? >> today gibbs said they hadn't decided whether they were going to stop negotiating with the republican cans. all of the signals were sent. kyl saying he wasn't going whip up votes. grassley saying he might not support the thing he was negotiating for. the signals were there and they were saying they weren't sure. when would they be sure? when the support dropped to 29%? i think this is something they're putting out there maybe as a threat they could pull back. i think it
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 6:38pm EDT
of america in the heartland. ththththththththththth >>> sarah palin detailing her claims about so-called death pams in a health care overall. we are back with jessica yellin who is going to give us some background. >>> somebody somebody stepped down as governor but that has not stopped her from jumping first into the health care debate. last night, she was at it again posting on facebook what looked like a term paper complete with 11 foot notes. she is quoting statements about rationed care by left-winging columnists and democrats. she was defending a claim she made last week that if health care reform passes, her parents or baby would be required to, quote, stand in front of obama's death panel so his bureaucrats can decide whether they are worthy of health care. fact check? not true. there is no panel that would decide whether the weak live or die. even some of palin's republican colleagues are slamming her for promoting a rumor that they call nuts and they say will, quote, begin gin up fear. she is referring to a provision that would allow medicare recipients to get counseling
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 10:00pm EDT
reagan of air america and dana lohse affiliated with the st. louis tea party. dana, why so much anger, mistrust and misinformation out there? we wonder, has this whole thing devovled to the point where it is unproductive but potentially dangerous? >> i don't think it can be dangerous. congress is sfonsable for setting the tone. congress hasn't allowed for discourse for one of the most important pieces of legislation in american history that is what people are reacting to. they are tired of calling their legislator and leaving a message with an aide. we are seeing people who are flocking there because they have their elected official's ear and they want to express their conditions about the health care legislation. >> ron, what about the argument, this is not organized, but a grassroots movement and deeply concerned about health care. >> that is fine to get involved and it is good to show up at a town hall meeting and have a conversation. you have to have the conversation and have the discussion. many of these people, not all, many of these people are clearly showing up to shut t
CNN
Aug 26, 2009 3:00pm EDT
part in the campaign, he left in the middle of one of the america's cup races to vote at boston's joy street police station. he had no comment on his brother's victory but political observers were quick to point out that the younger kennedy's race in november will be more than a local issue. >> a man who cares. edward m. kennedy endorsed democratic candidate for the united states senate. >> too many of our senior citizens are being forced to choose between neglecting their ailments or being p auchlt perized by them. >> vote for edward m. kennedy, the endorsed democratic candidate for the united states senate. >> the congress convenience. there are some new faces on capitol hill. among them are 12 new senators. of most interest is senator edward "ted" kennedy, the third brother to achieve success in the national political arena. >> from dallas texas, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. 2:00 eastern standard time. some 38 minutes ago. >> making a final stop on his tour of ireland, senator edward kennedy finds 100,000 people in the streets to give him a sendoff
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 9:00am EDT
the united nations. >>> congress heads home to face america divided over health care changes. to discuss the policy and political divides with two key senators. john cornyn of texas, dick durbin of illinois. >>> and the big gap between the president's approval rating and his handling of the big issues. we take america's pulse with two top polls. >>> and the recession puts a squeeze on many community support organizations just when struggling parents and hungry children need the help most. the state of the union report for sunday, august 9th. >>> president obama heads to mexico tonight for a summit with the leaders of mexico and canada, a reminder of the mounting international pressures even as he struggles to sell his top domestic priority health care here at home. >>> greater cooperation fighting mexico's deadly drug world. and elsewhere on the stage, afghanistan, iran, and north korea all present the white house with difficult policy choices. the full and often frustrating list for the president and for his ambassador to the united nations susan rice. welcome. >> good to be wit
CNN
Aug 30, 2009 8:00pm EDT
our america. robert kennedy challenged our america. and our teddy changed america. >> people have called teddy and me the odd couple. which was certainly true. >> two of senator kennedy's closest friend, orrin hatch of utah, and christopher dodd of connecticut share their personal memories. plus, senator maria cantwell of washington on the post kennedy health care debate in congress. and exclusive interview with robert f. kennedy, jr. and in our "american dispatch", the kennedy connection to boston sports dynasty. i talk to the president and ceo, larry luccino. four years now since hurricane katrina devastated the gulf coast. mary landrieu gets the last word. >>> a champion for those who had none. a man who never stopped trying to right wrongs. and someone who wasn't perfect but believed in redemption. just a few of the sentiments expressed at the funeral of senator edward kennedy in boston yesterday. president obama led the nation in saying good-bye to the 77-year-old senator laid to rest by brothers john and robert. hear the reflections on the senator's life and work, senator or
CNN
Aug 2, 2009 9:00am EDT
happen again, and news this week, it did. citigroup, bank of america, nine of the firms that received bailout money paid out billions and billions in bonuses. citigroup alone, which suffered losses last year got $45 billion and paid out $5.3 billion in bonuses and yet the white house has been pretty quiet. is the president outraged again? >> you know, certainly the president is very concerned about executive compensation in general. that's part of why he supported things like say on pay, again, to make sure as we go forward that at least shareholders are minding the store. we also did appoint a special master there in the treasury department to take these decisions out of political hands, someone who is is supposed to be watching those firms that are getting extensive government and taxpayer money. and he's certainly going to be making recommendations. >> will you assure us it won't happen again this year? >> remember what mr. fineberg's job description? he's trying to walk a line. weapon want them to earn money, pay the taxpayers back. absolutely what he's working at is, you know, so
CNN
Aug 26, 2009 10:00pm EDT
come here tonight to stand with you, to change america, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals, and to elect barack obama president of the united states. >> by rhetorically passing the torch there in denver, he certainly helped. he loved the campaign trail, but he also loved plain old lawmaker, doing the work. it's a very rare senator who gets so much done so early and so late in a career. senator kennedy was that person back in from first president bush to gw butch. today, both president and vice president pay tribute to the teddy kennedy they knew, they respected, and they loved. >> since teddy's diagnosis last year, we've seen the courage with which he battled his illness. and while these months have no doubt been difficult for him, they've also let him hear from people in every corner of our nation and from around the world, just how much he meant to all of us. the outpouring of love, gratitude, and fond memories to which we've all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in american history touched so many lives. his ideas and ideals are stamped
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 9:00pm EDT
america apart. what do critics fear? >> we're all afraid we're going to lose something. >> will you be able to keep your doctor? what about your current insurance? are lives at risk if things change? confusion, chaos and questions. >> how are you going to look at my children, in their eyes, and tell them they're going to have a better future? >> does anybody have the answer? next on "larry king live." >>> welcome to "larry king live." i'm wolf blitzer sitting in for larry. we have an outstanding panel for four physicians. we're all going to get smarter in the next several moments as we try to understand what's going on in this health care debate. joining from us the cnn center in atlanta, dr. sanjay gupta. he's our chief medical correspondent. he's a practice neurosurgeon. joining us from nashville tennessee, bill frist. a heart transplant surgeon. former senator majority leader. his new book entitled "a heart to serve the passion to bring health, hope and healing." that comes out in october. we're looking forward to that. in cleveland, ohio, dr. miking roizen, he's the wellness off
CNN
Aug 16, 2009 5:00pm EDT
kenya. >>> when barack obama came into office, many in america and around the world hoped he would breathe life into the prospects for a peace deal between israel and the palestinians. obama fed that hope by quickly appointed a man on the issue, appointed a man on the issue, a man of integrity, former senator george mitchell, who had negotiated the peace accords in ireland. it is considered by some to be the most right wing in memory, as is the new government. the prime minister netanyahu had been fiercely critical of any kind of palestinian state. his foreign minister had previously called for what some had characterized as leaders from israel. obama and netanyahu have clashed to expand settlements over the west bank. there has been some forward movement. prime minister netanyahu did accept the idea of a palestinian state about a month ago. there were some caveats. on the palestinian side, some positive news. the palestinian authority is becoming somewhat less corrupt and more competent. hamas seems to be losing some support, even in gaza, where living conditions continue to be he
CNN
Aug 23, 2009 1:00pm EDT
america? what if they were to use their economic clout in various countries? the first thing you should know about wen jiabao is he's quite different from other leaders in the chinese era. his followers have a nickname for him, grandpa wen. he flew out to a devastated area, met with them individually. he behaves more like a chinese politician. he is a politician within the ranks of his political party. i asked him about one of the most difficult times of his life, tiananmen square. i heard the other chinese officials in the room gasp. wen paused for what seemed like a minute, and then he answered with surprising frankness. listen carefully to what he says about chinese democracy. this was the heart of the interview. wen made clear that his country is moving toward the day when it will resemble a western-style democracy in some ways. he expressed a simple but powerful conviction, that government should answer to its people, and he acknowledged that he could see a time when china would have a two-party election. wen also said china needs a chinese judiciary. he even expressed the hope tha
CNN
Aug 1, 2009 9:30am EDT
are falling behind on their payments. a lot of customers are proud and happy that bank of america actually has a solution to help them out with their cards. i listen. that's the first thing i do is listen. you know what, what happened? what put you in this situation? and everyone's situation is different. we always want to make sure that we're doing what's best for our cardholders. i'll go through some of his monthly expenses, if he has a mortgage payment, if he pays rent. and then i'll use all that information to try and see what kind of a payment he financially can handle. i want to help you. bank of america wants to help you through this difficult time. when they come to you and they say thank you, aj, for helping me with this problem, that's where we get our joy from. that's what motivates us everyday. >>> higher education doesn't come cheap and if you're a parent or a student or know a parent or student, we'll show you how to find a perfect college for your budget. joining us now, the author of the princeton' view's best 371 colleges. you actually interview students to find o
CNN
Aug 20, 2009 1:00pm EDT
just hope that we can continue the dialogue in the same spirit to solve some of america's big problems. >> thank you, sir. i'll be back in just a moment for the white house. ♪ >> pretty historic moment there. not only for us, but obviously for talk radio, and also for events at the white house. the first time we've seen something like this. we actually were expecting all the questions to mostly be about health care. but as you heard the president of the united states there, with radio talk show host michael smerconish, it was a mixture of questions, not only about health care, but also afghanistan elections, the lockerbie bombing, and the release of the one individual held accountable for that being released today because he is terminally ill and he's ed headed back to libya. and also cash for clunkers and the questions about the economy. but that leads us to the question, of course, this was produced by the smerconish show, so our guess is that they wanted to get a variety of topics there on that program with the president. but we'll talk about it -- we'll talk about that w
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 1:00pm EDT
honduras. there have been some in latin america who have said that the united states is not acted strongly enough to return president zelaya to power. i wonder if you could talk a little bit about how you feel about what the united states should be doing or could be doing to restore democratic order in honduras. and prime minister harper, a few months ago the homeland security secretary of the united states went to canada, or at least aggravated canadian sensibilities when she compared the canadian border to the mexican border. and i wonder what you think about that and how you feel about the united states using some of the important strategies adopted on the southern border in the north. thank you. >> that's all? >> that's all, mr. president. >> well, first of all, i don't know if you're doing prognosticating about the midterm electilections which arr a year away. i and we'll do just fine. and i think when all is said on health care reform, the american people are going to be glad that we acted to change an unsustainable system so more people have coverage and we're bending the c
CNN
Aug 26, 2009 11:00am EDT
became the patriarch of one of america's most liberal families. the liberal lion of the senate, he was considered one of the most defective lawmakers of the past few decades and senator edward kennedy held the torch for a new generation of leaders with his endorsement of president barack obama's presidential bid. >> i believe a wave of change is moving across america if we do not turn aside and we dare to set our course for the shores of hope. we, together, will go beyond the divisions of the past and find our place to build the america of the future, my friend, i ask you to join in this historic journey to have the courage to choose change. it's time again for a new generation of leadership, it is time now for barack obama. >> president obama paid tribute to senator kennedy in a statement just a short while ago. >> the outloving of pride, gratitude and fond memories is testament to the way this figure in american history touched so many lives. his ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives. seniors who know dignity and families that know new
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 9:00am EDT
any asset transfers in response a bank of america lawsuit. this is what the judge said. viewing colonial breech given the fact that colonial is on the brink of collapse and suspected of criminal accounting regularities, the potential for immediate substantial injury to bank of america is clear. the part folks are zeroing in on is that colonial's on the brink of collapse. people are talking about this morning. we'll tell you a little bit about what that company does. colonial bank at a glance. it has some 355 branchs in alabama, florida, georgia, nevada, texas, some $25 billion in assets. so this is a big group. $24 billion in liabilities. it was a very aggressive lender to real estate developers in florida in particular in the mid to late 2000s. as you know that has been a problem for many of those loans. this would be, if it were to fail and it has not at this point. it would the fifth largest in u.s. history. that's why so many people are watching this here. a reminder, the fdic insures your deposits up to $250,000. that's incredibly important. you have to continue to pay your
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 6:00am EDT
tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you're going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> reporter: but the president did not shrink from the challenge and vowed again he will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for the difference. >> when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not ra
CNN
Aug 1, 2009 12:00pm EDT
elkhart to thrive, we need to recapture the spirit of innovation that has always moved america forward. that means once again having the best educated, highest skilled work force in the world. that means a health care system that makes it possible for entrepreneurs to innovate and businesses to compete without being saddled with skyrocketing insurance costs. >> reporter: so as the country tries to climb out of the economic doldrums, president obama, they're trying to make the case once again that part of what will help the recovery is to overhaul the nation's health care system. the president basically saying, look, that is a way to aleve some of the economic pressure facing america's businesses. >> what about republicans? what's on their agenda? >> reporter: as you can imagine, republicans are continuing to say what they've said all along here, they say, let's get this thing done right. let's not rush it. that's esexually what we heard in today's republican address. also, republicans raise the issue of cost. take a listen. >> in this difficult recession, americans and/or gover
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 3:00pm EDT
one is called "america's health care townhall." and you can see the folks there. let's walk around and show you some of the folks. 1,000 people here. people streaming in and out. the crowd was a little larger earlier. up on the stage. dick armey, former house of representatives majority leader and a conservative radio talk show host. doctors, other people up on the stage there talking about -- their concerns about the plan. not many specifics about what they're concerned about. mostly talking what they disagree with. who they don't want involved in the plan. mostly they don't want involved in the plan, the president, speaker of the house and also the majority leader. but there are folks we have been seeing signs of, about, no obama care. no socialized medicine. socialized medicine is killing people. read the bill. and there are some crazy signs. but that is very, have to say, only a very small percentage of the people who have signs that may be sort of deemed as something you wouldn't want shown on television or you wouldn't want said about an elected official. let's talk to some f
CNN
Aug 29, 2009 1:00pm EDT
expect the people who are on that -- on those steps to sing "god bless america," which is very odd, the last time we remember "god bless america" being sung there was after 9/11. so that's going to be a scene that will no doubt be quite emotional. and the family members we expect to get out of the vehicles and to senator's staff to say thank you one last time. but this was his home and it is their lance chaft last chance t good-bye to him. >> our live coverage will continue. we will talk to paul begala. we will get the insider's look what it was like inside the halls. be right back in a moment. racheting up slowly ) ( whooshing, riders cheering ) this is my verizon small business specialist, tom. now, i know the catering business but when i walked in here i wasn't sure what i needed. i'm not sure what i need. tom showed me how to use mifi to get my whole team working online, on location. i was like, "woah". woah ! only verizon wireless has small business specialists in every store to help you do business better. you're like my secret ingredient. come in today and connect up to five
CNN
Aug 11, 2009 3:00pm EDT
for nearly ten years. by the way, women are raped and murdered in parts of central america as well. they, and others, are bought and sold and cnn's michael ware, is going to document it for us. he takes you to places most dare not go. this is a powerful report and i would like you to see. stay with us. we'll be right back. >>> it's always one of my favorite kind of newscasts. it tests an anchor's ability when everything seems to go down, sound, pictures, technical problems. guess what else is going down. the twitter board. we've been watching the same thing for the past half hour. it seems like twitter is down, interestingly enough. we will muster through regardless, thanks to you. i want you to take a look now at lebanon, pennsylvania. this is something else we have put together for you. before i show you this loud conversation on health care outside arlen specter's town hall meeting that we showed you a bit of earlier, there are a couple of things i want you to look for. you will hear a man in blue who describes himself as a veteran and you will hear a woman that tells that man t
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 11:00am EDT
appetite in small town america. good morning, everyone. i'm tony harris and you are in the cnn "newsroom." temperatures are reaching a pitch and the chanting, the yelling, the hard to reach the debate through all of the noise. to determine what happens with health care reform, we'll cut through all of that noise and get to the issues and the real concerns. we are hearing some of those concerns and questions in a town hall meeting that is wrapping up right now in missouri. it is sponsored by democratic senator clair mckas sill and covering the town hall in missouri and she joins us live. brianna, you just heard moments ago and the folks at home heard as well, there's been so much noise with some of the town halls, particularly with the house members, we're talking about a senator here. what's been the tone of this town hall event? >> tony, this event has been very civil. in fact, i have to watch my voice because senator mckas skill is 30 feet away from me and i don't want them to hear me in there. certainly senator mccassil is a democrat that supports that she is trying to disar
CNN
Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
in america had the provisions that our members have, there wouldn't be a health care crisis. >> reporter: it's like a health care cooperative, a community-based, nonprofit organization owned by its members, a group that uses its strength in numbers to negotiate competitive rates with health care providers. and that's an idea gaining traction on capitol hill. robert burns, a professor of health care management at the university of pennsylvania, said the key to co-ops is size. 20,000 to 50,000 enrolles minimum needed. >> if they're not big enough, then they won't be able to do either of those two things, hold down the administrative costs internally or negotiate good rates externally. >> reporter: even then it may not be enough. do you see health care co-ops as the silver bullet to this debate? >> no. as i told my class last night, it's part of the silver buckshot. >> reporter: so, one of many that needs to be done for health care reform. he agrees, it may not suit everyone's health care needs, but he's at least hoping that it will force americans to think outside the box. >>
CNN
Aug 19, 2009 10:00pm EDT
insurgency, as long as they don't host al qaeda, america doesn't care beyond that. >> peter bergen, appreciate it. michael, stick around. we'll talk about iraq and i want to talk about an especially terrifying day in baghdad. iraq's prime minister blaming obama administration for grizly bombings at the foreign and finance minimum stris, nearly 100 dead, hundreds more hurt. michael, what do you make of this, six bombings, 95 dead, the deadliest day of violence since the u.s. pulled back from the cities. what happened? >> this is welcome to iraq. this was happening under the u.s.-led offenses, under the u.s.-led war. i remember when i was there not so long ago, just before i left, 80 died in one day. today the death toll's 95 or so 0. this is part of a long-running campaign. >> the prime minister said they're going to have to, quote -- this is going to lead to the, quote, reevaluation of our plans and security mechanism. is it possible they would re-evaluate the u.s.'s position of pulling out? >> i know the u.s. command there would like to redeploy troops to the north, around mazoul
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Aug 19, 2009 8:00pm EDT
. this is not a war of choice. this is a war of necessity. those who attacked america on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. gecko vo: you see, it's not just telling people geico could save 'em hundreds on car insurance. it's actually doing it. gecko vo: businessmen say "hard work equals success." well, you're looking at, arguably, the world's most successful businessgecko. gecko vo: first rule of "hard work equals success." gecko vo: that's why geico is consistently rated excellent or better in terms of financial strength. gecko vo: second rule: "don't steal a coworker's egg salad, 'specially if it's marked "the gecko." come on people. >> in just over two hours the people of afghanistan will begin risking their lives doing what we take for granted -- voting for president. they paid a high price of taliban attacks and bombings, taken the lives of seven afghan election workers and six u.s. troops. the carnage isn't confined to afghanistan today. a series of six explosions in baghdad left 95 people dead and at least 500 wounded. it is the deadliest day in iraq since u.s. troops pulled
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Aug 2, 2009 1:00am EDT
tonight on america's issues on race. one red-hot controversial issue in particular is the sometimes strained relationship between african-americans and the police. warren valentine is the host of "the warren valentine show," and he's also a former prosecutor. he's joining us live. he's in atlanta. thank you very much. you're usually by satellite. good to see you. >> good to see you, don. >> we have been discussing one of the comments i have been hearing from african americans that african-americans are too sensitive on racial matters but it's not always matters of race. >> it's not. with this situation in boston with sergeant crowley, i was one of the main people saying look, this is not racial profiling taking place. i said it on my national show and my local show in chicago. however, one of the things that's not being discussed here is what happened, and this is what is going on in black america. you have 2 million people incarcerated in this country. 1 million are black. when you look at officer crowley falsifying a police report, which if you and i had done that, we would have b
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Aug 1, 2009 7:00pm EDT
. especially given the tensions between the iraq/iran/america triangle. arwa damon, cnn, baghdad. >> all right, we had gotten this reaction just in from the state department in to cnn. it stays a senior state department official says while they have not had access to the americans they have no reason to doubt the reports of their detention on iranian state tv. also in iran today, more than 100 people who took part in june election protests are on trial, accused of trying to overthrow iran's government. the defendants include a former vice president and other pro-reform political leaders. a prosecutor accuses the defendants of being tools of foreign powers, but reformists are blasting the trials, and they say defendants have been denied access to lawyers. itn has this report for us. >> reporter: this trial is an it tempt by the authorities to defuse the growing criticism in iran of the abusive treatment of these detainees. by bringing about charges of rioting, holding illegal rallies, clashing with security forces, and acting against national security, the authorities are trying to legitimize t
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Aug 25, 2009 8:00pm EDT
of a peaceful -- i emphasize peaceful -- revolt in america. >>> plus, tonight's newsmaker, the world champion runner being asked to prove that she is not a he. >> -- bringing it home. >> will a gender test be enough to silence critics once and for all? >>> hi, everybody, those are our big questions tonight, but we're going to start as we always do with "the mash-up" a look at all of the stories making an impact right now. the moments you may have missed today. we're watching it all so you don't have to. and tonight's big news, deficits as far as the eye can see. the white house announcing the big beast even bigger than they had feared. check out the new projection that $9 trillion, people, that would be twelve zeros. >> a cloud of bad economic news and a forecast of more to come. >> skyrocketing national debt. the latest estimates add $2 trillion to projections made as recently as february. >> what we know is we're spending way, way more every single month than we're taking in. >> the bottom line on america's ballooning budget deficit. >> it means you're going to ultimately be paying
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Aug 2, 2009 11:00am EDT
called a jobless recovery. where the stock market was strong, corporate america was strong, but the jobs just weren't there. so will this president be able to take credit for recovery if the jobs don't come back? >> well, we'll see. we'll see what other burdens he puts on the economy as well, which i think is another problem. i know we're not talking about health care now, but as other things come down the pike that cost a lot of money, and you have people talking about new taxes,well see what other burdens go on the economy. but, look, the most -- one of the most resilient things in the world is the american economy. it is a very strong beast. and even with these burdens, i think you're going to see it come back. the question is, how strongly will it come back? that will have to do with how much else president obama decides to put on the back of the beast. >> but one of the things that i believe is important to acknowledge is because this is not just a washington problem. this is a problem taking place in state capitals across the country, as we see decline in revenues, and also propert
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Aug 15, 2009 4:00pm EDT
insurance company in america? nice tidbit there. boss: exactly. and i've been thinking, looking a bit more businesslike might help too. gecko: oh my. uhhh, no it's, what's, what's the word... vogeico. 15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance. >>> it is a make or break month on health care reform. as our lawmakers are back at home during their august recess meeting with their constituents, trying to discuss health care reform. cnn's ali velshi has been traveling the country as well during this august recess, traveling on the cnn express gauging the pulse of america. gauging what people are feeling about health care reform and ali, we've both seen a lot of town hall sessions and forums that have become quite tense. i understand, a lot of people you've talked to, are you haven't had that same kind of tension. >> no, not at all, in fact. we have had disagreement, there's no question. we've traveled 1,000 miles in six days and people think health care reform is very urgent, needs to happen now. and those who think it's moving too quickly and we've had them in the same place
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Aug 23, 2009 5:00pm EDT
influence grows. what if they were to lose faith in america? what if they were to lose their economic clout in various countries? the first thing you should know about wen jiabao is he's quite different from other leaders in the chinese modern era. his followers have a nickname for him, grandpa wen. aft year's earthquake in sichuan, he flew out to a devastated area, met with them individually. he behaves more like an american politician than a chinese leader. he is an agile politician inside the ranks of his own party. i asked him about one of the most difficult times of his life, tiananmen square. it was a controversial question. i heard the other chinese officials in the room gasp. the interpreter got nervous. wen paused for what seemed like a minute, and then he answered with surprising frankness. and listen carefully to what he says about chinese democracy. this was the heart of the interview. wen made clear that his country is moving toward the day when it will resemble a western-style democracy in some ways. he expressed a simple but powerful conviction, that government should a
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Aug 26, 2009 4:00pm EDT
and marital problems. here's the question -- why did america remain fascinated with the kennedy brothers for more than 50 years? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile and post a comment on my blog. it truly is, wolf, a story unlike any other in american politics. >> yeah. you're absolutely right. it's the end of an era with his passing. >> yeah. none of the ensuing generation has matched the -- moez brothers for impact, for popularity, for charis charisma, for any of those things we remember john and bobby and ted for. >> let's not forget joe, the oldest brother, a hero during world war ii. he got killed in a plane crash, a dangerous bombing mission over europe. >> yeah. i mentioned that, but we didn't get a chance to know him like we got to know the others p. >> a good question, jack. we'll get back to you. >>> senator kennedy's life almost ended decades before this. as jack mentioned, he was seriously hurt in a plane crash. his friend and former senate colleague is here to talk about the accident they survived together. >>> plus, unique insight into senator kennedy's relationship with ja
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Aug 16, 2009 6:00am EDT
america first. >> reporter: so you say it started with the bailout money. so for you it's not partisan because it was introduced during the bush administration. >> it's not partisan. >> it's not partisan. i did not agree with george bush on it at all. >> that's what capitalism is all about. let's let the market -- let the free market take care of it. if we keep baling out and baling out and baling out, where does it end? it just keeps going on and on. >> okay. they're vent we said pretty civil. people let their minds be knownful no real back and forth. everyone in the crowd was like-minded. they were all on the same page. >> that's key if you don't want to have a contentious debate. but it hasn't gone so easy for many, especially democrats. would it actually sway the health care debate at all? let's look at new poll numbers with cnn deputy director paul steinhauser. >> one question comes to mind off the bat. the average americans aren't going to the town halls. well, are they paying attention. >> take a look at the poll here. almost 7 to 10% of the americans are saying, yeah,
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Aug 26, 2009 6:00am EDT
, kennedy was behind the scenes giving advice. >> certainly a sad moment in america this morning. dan lothian, obviously, a big void as well in the president's push for health care reform, a void that won't be filled anytime soon. >> absolutely not. >>> coming up, speaking with some of his colleagues as well, including bob graham and others. we're going to check in once again with the former mayor of boston and many other people who knew senator kennedy who knew the politician, but also the man. >> also in that moment, one year to the date he died, it was august 25, 200 when he appeared at the democratic national convention. this is after he'd had brain surgery, undergoing chemotherapy as well. he made that triumphant appearance in denver at the democratic national convention. that moment from history coming up for you in a couple of minutes. it's 12 minutes after the hour. >>> another kennedy has thrown his hat in the national political arena. edouard m. officially announces his campaign for the massachusetts senate seat once held by his brother and the president. he'll face mccormac
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Aug 30, 2009 10:00am EDT
robert bourque's america there is no room at the inn for blacks and no place in the constitution for women and in our america there should be no seat on the supreme court for robert bourque. >> joe klein, in a floor speech, kennedy said in robert bourque's america, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, how do we square that kind of partisanship with the bipartisan dealmaking for what he was justifiably famous for? >> i think that, you know, until recently, those two were not mutely exclusive. you could do both. could i make a point on his tongue-tiedness? >> it seemed to me he became a lot more at ease with himself and at east with answering questions almost immediately after he was eliminated from the presidential competition. i was with him the day that he lost new hampshire, the first kennedy losing in new england. he lost the new hampshire primary to jimmy carter. that night he gave a rip-roaring ad hoc speech. after that i think he seemed to loosen up because the pressure was no longer on him. yes, at times he could be wildly partisan, passionately partisan. at times he
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Aug 16, 2009 9:00am EDT
there's a general recognition that the system we have in america is fundamentally broken. we spend more than any country on earth. our health results look like we're a developing nation. so we have to reform the system. and i think what's going on right now is complicated, because we need to put the specific language together. but by and large, i find encouraging that congress is at the table, working, that congress is now traveling out to hear from their constituents. we knew we were in trouble in pennsylvania, john, when the woman who runs the constitutional law center got up to welcome the crowd and she was booed. so, clearly, some of this anger is not directed to health reform. it's people who are, i think, uncertain and afraid about the future and, unfortunately, there's been a lot of misinformation intentionally circulated, trying to scare people. trying to scare seniors and veterans. >> i'm sorry to interrupt. i want to get to some of those specific points and some of what you call misinformation coming up. you were the governor of kansas. democrats were saying, let's wait a
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Aug 9, 2009 11:00pm EDT
my father was bosrn, know that america is a friend of each nation. each man, woman and child can take peace and dignity. we're ready to lead once more. >> we're back with the united states ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. he said we are ready to lead once more. what are you doing differently, the president of the united states, his ambassador to the united nations, his diplomatic core around the world. world. what you are doing differently than the previous administration? >> we're doing a lot differently, john. what i think is so striking is six months into the new administration the president and his national security team have made enormous progress in restoring our standing. we see that manifest in our efforts to concert other countries to deal with the global financial crisis. we see that in a very changed approach in iraq where we are redeploying our forces responsibly and we're on track to have all of our forces out by 2011. we have a completely new approach in afghanistan and pakistan. we're focused very concretely on disrupting and dismantling and defeating al qa
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Aug 9, 2009 8:00am EDT
bank of america rounds up every debit card purchase to the next dollar and transfers the difference from your checking to savings account. it's one of the many ways we make saving money in tough times a whole lot easier. you could buy 300 bottles of water. or just one brita filter. ( drop plinks ) brita-- better for the environment and your wallet. >>> all right. so it is a make or break month for health care reform. and now the fight is out of washington and in your backyard. lawmakers are holding town hall meetings in their districts, but some, mostly democrats, can barely get a word out. >> come on. >> i'll tell you about conspiracy. it reads like something that was thought up in the early 1930s in germany. >> wow. can you hear the passion there? it was a packed meeting for iowa democratic senator tom harkin yesterday. reform opponents weren't the only ones in the crowd, but they may have been the loudest. harkin repeated the democrats' line that these disruptions are a coordinated effort by reform opponents. conservatives have encouraged people to come out. the republican party,
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Aug 29, 2009 3:00pm EDT
secretary. thanks so much. >>> america's most famous family said farewell to its patriarch today. 1,500 invited guests packed a historic boston church at a more than two-hour funeral for senator ted kennedy. you watched it live on cnn. joining the kennedy family were foreign dignitaries as well, political leaders, actors, and athletes. the mourners included fellow members of the senate where kennedy served almost half a century. hard to believe. president obama delivered the eulogy. >> today we say good-bye to the youngest child of rose and joseph kennedy. the world will long remember their son edward as the heir to a weighty legacy, a champion for those who had none, the soul of the democratic party, and the lion of the united states senate. a man who graces nearly 1,000 laws and who penned more than 300 laws himself. >> as we mentioned, the senator's motorcade will take one final trip to the u.s. capitol after leaving boston making its way to an air force base there. the casket of senator ted kend will be making its way to andrews air force base and then taken through the streets of t
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Aug 19, 2009 12:00am EDT
the united states of america, now is the time to bring them into the insurance market, and focus on how to have those insurance markets work. have more competition, more transparency, more choice. you're right, we have huge health care problems today, but the real answer to me is not more public health, not more single-payer, not more national health, but more transparency where you can empower consumers to make choices for what is best for them. and then address the uninsured issue, the 20 million hard core. but you don't have to do what president obama has promised people in the past and that is to give all 46 million people a very expensive health care plan like the president has or the united states senator has. >> larry: but you are not as some on the left are charging saying the republicans just don't want health care reform? >> no. listen. i was majority leader of the united states senate and under our leadership, under republican leadership and working with president bush, we passed about a $600 billion health care plan that gave affordable access to prescription drugs to 40
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Aug 10, 2009 8:00pm EDT
california's great america. this ride malfunctioned. the good news, at least they weren't upsidedown. the ride is called invert go. it stopped. don't know why. this started, campbell, 1:40 pacific, 4:40 eastern. you're looking at almost four hours for some of these people. last count i saw, 11 people had been rescued. whoever is last to come off this thing is going to be there probably seven, eight hours dangling. >> oh my gosh. >> feet dangling there. >> are you sure they're right side up? those people kind of -- >> that's what i'm -- i'm looking right awe long with you. you could be right. i think they're at a 45 degree angle. i'm seeing feet. >> those poor people. >> i know. >> mike galanos for us tonight. see you tomorrow. >> see you, campbell. >>> if you think you can exercise and those unwanted pounds will melt away, think again. coming up, new research, new depressing research that could shake up a lot of workout addicts. >>> and, ten days into august and the dog days of summer are turning into a heated debate over health care. we're going to take you inside these town halls.
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Aug 15, 2009 10:00pm EDT
america's health care system. thank you so much for joining us. listen, i want to talk to, let's start with debbie real quick. debbie, what is your position in regards to the question's health care forum and the plans today? did you see anything about it that you liked in all of this? >> no, i did not. as a libertarian, first of all and foremost, i'm opposed to the government intervention in it to begin with. one of the things that i find particularly offensive about this is i don't have insurance, and i don't want insurance. there's no provision for me or people like me in this plan. >> you don't want health care insurance? >> mandatory insurance plan. >> you don't want health care insurance at all? >> i would like to have some insurance if it were affordable. in my opinion, it's insurance that has caused the problems in health care to begin with, and when we have a mandatory insurance program, this is basically a corporate welfare subsidy for insurance companies. >> yeah, you know, i hear you, debbie. i'm not exactly sure if what you're saying about this is accurate because a lot of
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